While you do a great job by brushing and flossing at home, dental cavities may still occur. And if left untreated, dental cavities invite bacteria that may lead to tooth decay. The result? You may need expensive restorative procedures to save your tooth. Worse yet, you may lose your tooth. Thankfully, if cavities wreak havoc on your teeth, a composite filling procedure in El Dorado, Arkansas, can help salvage your whites.
Since fillings are one of the most commonly sought dental treatments, many patients aren’t interested to know the materials used. However, at W Paul Burns DDS, we believe that our patients should understand the various materials used and how they affect their smiles in the long run.
Amalgam has been used for dental fillings for about 150 years! However, with advancements in technology, composite materials are preferable over amalgam. While amalgam is affordable and long-lasting, its cons include:
For the above drawbacks, composite fillings are preferred because of the following benefits:
When you visit Dr. Paul Burns for a tooth filling, expect the procedure to be comfortable since anesthesia is administered at the start of the process. Next, he will remove the decayed part of the tooth and clean it to kill any bacteria. Finally, he will apply the composite filling layer by layer and shape it to resemble your natural teeth.
After the procedure, your mouth may remain numb for several hours. However, this feeling should wear off naturally. Cavity filling is an essentially risk-free procedure, but inform your dentist if discomfort lingers on for days.